miz·​zen·​mast ˈmi-zᵊn-ˌmast How to pronounce mizzenmast (audio)
: the mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship

Examples of mizzenmast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Batten the hatches, raise the mizzenmast, and inform all your struggling actor friends who are also parrots: a new pirate has come aboard Taika Waititi’s forthcoming pirate comedy. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 1 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mizzenmast was in the 15th century

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“Mizzenmast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mizzenmast. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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miz·​zen·​mast ˈmiz-ᵊn-ˌmast How to pronounce mizzenmast (audio)
: the mast just behind the mainmast in a ship

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